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Batemans Rosey Nosey
78A good value, red-amber beer that is full of character.
Cotleigh Red Nose Reindeer
70A beer that used to be bottle conditioned but is now filtered. The light-porous clear glass bottle does it no favours (cabbagey notes in the aroma).
Duchy Originals Winter Ale
78An enjoyable chameleon beer that strangely changes its personality from stage to stage.
Fuller's Mr Harry
78A full-flavoured, robust beer with the distinctive Fuller's hop thumbprint. Probably good with roast beef.
Fuller's Red Fox
80A perfectly balanced, biscuity autumnal ale. Too bitter for drinking with puddings but otherwise an interesting beer to experiment with food-wise.
Hook Norton Twelve Days
78An attractive ruby ale with a chocolate orange character.
75A full-flavoured, bronze quaffing beer.
Robinson's Old Tom
80A complex and fascinating, award-winning red ale in an attractive new, chunkier bottle.
Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale 2005
75An enjoyable, amber-coloured seasonal offering, presented in an attractive gift box.
St Peter's Winter Ale
78A full-bodied, smooth, ruby beer with the character of an aged ale.
Stonehenge Ales Rudolph
68A bronze beer that would be better if the chocolate flavours could fight their way through the dominant esters and bitterness.
Wells & Youngs Christmas Pudding
75It doesn't taste like Christmas pudding but it's great if you like coconut.
Wells & Youngs Winter Warmer
75A somewhat frustrating red beer that keeps promising an explosion of rich, malty flavours but never quite delivers. Very pleasant all the same.
Wood's Christmas Cracker
73A bottle-conditioned beer that seemed a touch young. Another month in the bottle may have helped round off the coarser alcohol notes.
Woodforde's Head Cracker
70A dark golden, bottle-conditioned beer that needed more carbonation this time.
Woodforde's Norfolk Nip
73An interesting and flavoursome, bottle-conditioned ruby beer that, on this occasion, lacked carbonation.
Wychwood Bah Humbug
78A nicely balanced spiced ale that still comes over as a beer rather than simply a festive confection.
Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Christmas Ale
75A full-flavoured red beer that is surprisingly bitter for its strength.
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